Oumou Sangaré / Yere Faga ft. Tony Allen + remixes from Flako and more

Oumou Sangaré is dropping her first new album in 8 years on 19 May, and has shared the video above for new single Yere Faga. It’s accompanied by remixes from Flako, Marimba, Malik Djoudi and Ghetto Vanessa which you can stream below.

The clip for ‘Yere Faga’ – directed by Chris Saunders – tracks a young woman through the markets and clubs of Johannesburg’s Hillbrow area, with a mesmerising performance from dancer Maipelo Gabang interpreting the track’s message of endurance. Oumou says:

“You know, success is heavy. There have been times where I’ve really had to rely on having a strong character to survive. I wrote ‘Yere Faga’ to give an example to everyone and to say that in life you have to be strong. Everybody will encounter some problem one day or another. But you have to be stronger than the problem so you can go beyond it”.

The album, Mogoya, was co-produced by Andress Unge in Stockholm and by the French production collective A.l.b.e.r.t. (Air, Beck, Franz Ferdinand) in Paris. Not only a revered musician, Oumou is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation and has three businesses in Mali.

Remix EP tracks:

1.Yere Faga (Natureboy Flako Remix)

2.Yere Faga (Mawimbi Remix)

3.Yere Faga (Malik Djoudi Remix)

4.Yere Faga (Ghetto Vanessa Remix)

Buy the remix EP here.

Pre-order her new album Mogoya here.

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